This past week you may have seen thee “leaked” photos on Facebook and other social media sites of a possible new Triumph twin prototype photographed in Spain. It appears to be fairly well developed and near completion.
Visor Down posted this article:
New 1100cc Triumph café racer spied testing – Standard and R model spied testing in Spain
Motorcycle.com wrote an article about the photos titled:
Triumph Street Tracker And Street Tracker R Spied! All-new liquid-cooled motor forms the basis of upcoming Bonnevilles
Cycle World published the following article:
SPIED: 2016 Triumph Street Tracker and Street Tracker R – New Bonnevilles get a boost with bigger engine, higher performance and liquid-cooling.
You can view the best set of photos online starting here.
What’s in a name?
As I read these, the main thing that struck me is that Triumph may be leaving the traditional air-cooled twin design in favor of an at least partially water-cooled solution. Since it was a twin air-cooled bike that set the land speed record and give birth to the Bonneville model, should these new models likewise bear the “Bonneville” name? Where is the line where you have gone so far from the original, that you’ve changed the meaning of the name? I wonder if calling these new bikes a “Bonneville” will detract from the simplicity and appeal of the original classic design and dilute the values that the name and brand has come to represent.
I’m not sure how well this will play with the hard-core, air-cooled, Bonneville twin fans.
2016 Triumph Street Tracker
So this one looks a lot like a water-cooled Thruxton! The front wheel has double disc brakes, and the forks have billet triple trees.
2016 Triumph Street Tracker R
So this one looks beefed up with bigger radiator and exhausts, and higher performance front forks, suspension and brake setup.